… orders albatross soup, takes a sip of the soup, pulls out a gun, and kills himself. So… why did he kill himself?

Albatross Soup is an animated short hybrid documentary film based on an entertaining yet disturbing lateral thinking puzzle. With the help of the team at Radiolab, over 50 people have been recorded trying to guess this riddle using only “yes” or “no” questions. The film is a visual representation of the riddle unraveling as we hear a rapid fire kaleidoscopic soundscape of questions from each participant. An all knowing God-like voice guides the story by answering “yes” or “no” for each question.

Director/Editor/Artist Winnie Cheung walked the idea into Picture Farm and our team put their arms around it best we could, aiding voices, movements, technical and moral support.

Albatross Soup will be premiering at the Fantasia Festival in Montreal this on July 29th as part of their Circo Animato program:

“Fantasia’s annual animated short film program returns, with a new name and some very, very new movies. Of the dozen shorts on the menu, four are World Premieres, and another five screening in North America for the first time. The moments here range from the melancholic, the morbid and the meditative to the hallucinatory and the hilarious – these are cartoons, after all! Making their World Premieres at CIRCO ANIMATO 2018  …  from the U.S., filmmaker Winnie Cheung presents ALBATROSS SOUP, a dizzying descent into deductive reasoning, animated from illustrations by celebrated Toronto artist Fiona Smyth….”

BTS from the Picture Farm HQ in Brooklyn